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Traveling to Washington

Pretty in Pink

travelingtowashingtonTraveling to Washington, DC is a great excursion any month of the year. But the trip can be especially satisfying when it’s taken during the month of March. That’s when the more than 3,000 cherry trees blossom and the Nation’s Capital is awash in pink.

The National Cherry Blossom Festival is in full bloom from March 20 through April 14…26 days of sheer celebration. The period is highlighted by the National Cherry Blossom Parade which takes place on Saturday, April 13.

A little history

The first cherry trees were planted in DC in March of 1912 when they were presented as gifts to President Howard Taft from Tokyo mayor Yukio Ozaki. First Lady Helen Herron Taft and Viscountess Chinda, the wife of the Japanese ambassador planted those first trees.

The trees have been a hit ever since with school kids and sightseers from around the world descending on the National Mall to take in all the majestic monuments the city has to offer.

For many, going to DC is the trip of a lifetime. Tours of historic places top the list of things to do. From the Lincoln Memorial to the U.S. Capitol, your eyes are amazed by the history of our nation, brought to life by experienced tour guides and docents.

The White House tour is an all-time favorite. Reservations are required. You are advised to make reservations at least 21-days in advance of your intended visit.  Go to www.whitehouse.gov for tour hours and requirements.

Another popular site is the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial statue. It is among the newest venues and draws thousands of viewers daily.

Few places in the world can offer as many culturally rich venues as DC.

Audiences from every corner of the globe make their way to DC to visit the Smithsonian Institution www.si.edu. Its nineteen museums featuring 137 million items represents the largest such complex in the world.  

And when you’ve seen all of these exciting places, slow down, rejuvenate and take in the cuisine. Some of the finest restaurants serve a variety of tastes and you can find them all over town. From African to Asian; from South American to European, Washington restaurants satisfy the most exotic and eclectic tastes.

There’s so much to see in the Nation’s Capital. Be sure to take a ride on the Metro, the city’s wonderful subway system. And check out National’s Ballpark where one of MLB’s most exciting teams play. And there’s always great shopping in DC.

The one thing to do before you leave home is to make sure you have enough vacation time to enjoy this fantastic city to its fullest!

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